EARTH SHAKER

Creator: Richard Guimond
Age rating: 17 and older
A sensual, powerful reversal on Beauty and the Beast. An unscrupulous tomb-robbing archaeologist
and his sexy partner unearth the legendary Greek Minotaur, Asterius and smuggle him back to
Washington, D.C., where all hell breaks out.
Synopsis: In 1990, On the Greek Isle of Crete, beneath the ruins of King Minos Citadel, Naomi Slocum, an attractive bespectacled archaeologist, discovers the silken-encased remains of Asterius–The Earth Shaker-a malevolent demigod with the head of a majestic bull and the body of a powerful young Grecian.

The Minotaur is the ancient symbol of immortality and to the Greeks represented the beast within us all. Naomi is aided in this incredible discovery by Douglas Hackett, who is walking his own abysmal line with madness in his pursuit of wealth and perpetual life. Hackett wants Asterius for his Museum of Unnatural Wonders in Washington, D.C., as well as the Signet of Ladon (which is on Asterius' finger) and has the power to be a 'bone waker', including the ability for perpetual life. (But, with certain horrifying ramifications.)

A reluctant Naomi and Hackett manage to smuggle Asterius out of Greece, barely escaping with their lives. Hackett has hired Teddy Wilson, pilot of a worn-out Boeing 707 to smuggle Asterius back to Washington, D.C. where all hell breaks out.

Deep in the labyrinths of Hackett's Bizarrerie Museum, Asterius is slowly coming to life,
complicating the plans of everyone. It isn't long before Asterius is obsessed only by Naomi
Slocum, who now claims her as his earth mother/lover. Asterius tells Naomi that she will now become his and bear him a son. Ironically, even as a scientist, Naomi continually finds herself being seduced by his power and insight.

Asterius reanimates the exhibits in Hackett’s museum—a macabre crypt of skeletons
and biological oddities. Asterius then escapes from Hackett’s museum, and decides that he wants a new Citadel and takes over the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History where he awakens all the new and old world skeletal exhibits including Tyrannosaurus Rex and his prehistoric cousins. He recruits his army of the undead so that he can avenge his imprisonment in the labyrinth and protect himself and Naomi in his new dwelling.

The film’s climax culminates on the Washington Mall in a battle between D.C's, S.W.A.T.
Teams, a Special Commando Team and the Greek Nationals. Simultaneously, in the
Smithsonian, Naomi and Asterius are engaged in their own sensual conflict as they both struggle between what it means to be human and the beast within.

Latest Work

  • Video 6 - Horror / Thriller
    02/24/12
    Creative Notes:
    Here is a Animated & Coloured Storyboard Trailer for a script called "Earth Shaker". Written by Richard Guimond, it's about the Minotaur as he awakens to find a mate and to raise the dead to conquor the world. Only 1 woman can give him freedom or death. Trapped in his realm, she must find a way to escape from his world. A tragic and horrific twist on the story of Beauty and The Beast.
  • Script 7 - Richard's 7th Draft
    12/29/11
    Creative Notes:
    In this draft, I utilized reviewers: Justin Sloan and Steven Kale's notes, as well as returning to some scenes in my novel. I decided to pit Greek Doctor Bounakees and his henchmen against Naomi and Hackett, and eventually Asterius, the Minotaur. I also gave more back story to Asterius. At its spine, this is still a tragic love story. I also kept the action and setting in Hackett's museum.

All Work

  • Video 5 - Horror / Thriller
    02/24/12
    Creative Notes:
    Here is a Animated & Coloured Storyboard Trailer for a script called "Earth Shaker". Written by Richard Guimond, it's about the Minotaur as he awakens to find a mate and to raise the dead to conquor the world. Only 1 woman can give him freedom or death. A tragic and horrific twist on the story of Beauty and The Beast.
  • Test Movie 5 - Earth Shaker Version 5
    12/30/11
    Creative Notes:
    Since the November screening, and after receiving notes on one particular scene, we made the decision to address those comments. We also realized that the edit would allow the film to play to a broader audience. With that said, we then revised the scene from the test film. Thank you and hope you enjoy the film.
  • Video 4 - Official Earth Shaker Trailer
    11/30/11
    Creative Notes:
    This is the official trailer by the film makers of Earth Shaker.
  • Video 3 - Official Earth Shaker Trailer
    11/30/11
    Creative Notes:
    This is the official trailer by the film makers of Earth Shaker.
  • Video 2 - Official Earth Shaker Trailer
    11/30/11
    Creative Notes:
    This is the official trailer created by the film makers of Earth Shaker.
  • Test Movie 4 - Woody's EARTH SHAKER version 4
    11/22/11
    Creative Notes:
    We added 14 minutes to the film to continue in the Competition. We removed all the narration (V.O.) and replaced it with new dialogue and music. We punched up the opening scene and the climax to create greater suspense and back story. Additionally, another sweet, subtext scene with Naomi and her pet birds reveals her inner feelings in regards to Asterius.
  • Video 1
    11/17/11
    Creative Notes:
    edited the Trailer and add music
  • Test Movie 3 - EARTH SHAKER Version 3
    08/29/11
    Creative Notes:
    In version three, we added some music for the opening, the ending and the climax. It took a lot of time listening to various tracts, but we finally found music that fits the story. It clearly helps to set the tone of the piece.
  • Script 6 - Richard's 6th Draft
    08/02/11
    Creative Notes:
    After the table read which we used for Woody's Test Film (both versions) I had taken notes as the Actors read. Most were minor, but I think in places, words here and there help improve the flow. I also had to fix two elements at the end that needed fixing. I won't say, only because it is a spoiler.
  • Test Movie 2 - Revision 2
    07/28/11
    Creative Notes:
    n this version, we improved the dialogue voices, and eliminated much of narrative. We added more sound,
    To help reveal the story as well as some additional storyboards. We also included at the end of the film the
    Director and Story board Artist, Woody Woodman’s comments on why he was attracted to Earth Shaker.
  • Test Movie 1 - Test Movie First Version
    06/27/11
  • Script 5 - Richard's 5th Draft
    05/24/11
    Creative Notes:
    In this version, I utilized suggestions by top reviewers, Andrea Nix, Joe Laramore, Taylor Carmichael and Richard Taylor. I worked on Leeza and Artie's character, as well as on Naomi's decision to go along with Hackett because of her desire to make her mark in the field of archaeology. Also, I tweaked dialogue and strengthened the second act. This script is based on my own novel, EARTH SHAKER.
  • Script 4 - Richard's 4th Draft
    03/28/11
    Creative Notes:
    I decided to give the script another look. I utilized some of the great reviews I received and tightened the dialogue. I added a couple of elements that made the script clearer in its objective. I also added another dimension to Naomi's character which I believe works even better.
  • Script 3 - Richard's 3rd Draft
    02/23/11
    Creative Notes:
    I have eliminated the White House take over, as well as the Greeks that were bent on revenge. The story centers on Naomi, Asterius and Hackett. The focus is Naomi's battle within herself in regards to Asterius. Hackett is hell-bent on utilizing Asterius for his own malevolent goals. When Asterius' takes over the Smithsonian Museum we are thrown into a "bone awakening conflict."
  • Script 2 - Richard's 2nd Draft
    01/17/11
    Creative Notes:
    Actually, I just tweaked a few words, making the read smoother. I was also concerned about the script's format in its transfer from Final Draft. So, I gave it a full read. I did tweak a romantic scene between Teddy and Naomi that cemented their relationship. It's basically the same screenplay as the Original Draft. Thanks.
  • Script 1 - Richard's Original Draft
    12/01/10
    Creative Notes:
    It's 1980, and monsters, both human and non-human have taken over The White House, and the President is a hero, sort of. I believe that heart is what sets great thriller films apart from just another monster story. There are plenty of creatures devoid of human feelings. I’ll take human insight with my chills and thrills any day. Asterius and Naomi's interplay provides that.